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Damn, I meant to post in April, but Liara has been monopolizing my time of late. She’s been, uh… high maintenance.

At any rate, it’s update time :)

The last couple of months have been spent almost exclusively on Liara. Before I talk about her, though, I want to touch on a couple changes for Steve and Kelly, along with progress on ThaneMOD. Liara warrants a separate post.


STEVE’S DATE

Steve’s content for BackOff is minimal, but he’s now been brought in line with other LIs. When BroShep is with Steve in Purgatory, the flirt option will only be available if there isn’t another romance locked in. In other words, no more flirting with Steve and having him reply that he knows you’re already with Kaidan or have a “lady waiting.” Also, a bug with the game not recognizing Miranda’s romance in this convo has been fixed.

I’ve made some tweaks to the dialogue wheel, like with every other LI. Implications of choices are clear, text is more succinct, and often less… icky. Remember that there won’t always be “agree” and “disagree” options anymore with BackOff. Expect it to feel more like ME1 and ME2.


KELLY & NEW NPC APPEARANCES

I thought Kelly was finished, but apparently not. While working on the “Labor of Liara” I needed a break from dialogue here and there. During these breaks I tried to work out how to change the appearance of certain ME1/ME2 NPCs who suffer from BioWare’s horrible “Makeover Syndrome” in ME3. Think Bailey, Kelly, Udina, and Aethyta. Possibly Chakwas. I decided to start with Kelly, since her model only appears in one game file. After a lot of trial and error I’ve (mostly) figured out the objects to edit. With the exception of facial geometry (those “feature morphs” and “offset bones” in Gibbed), Kelly now looks much more like her ME2 self. Miss Felicia Hannigan will also get some improvements, mostly to her very drab brown hair.

I expect to be able to apply the same methods for Kelly to Bailey, Udina, and Aethyta, but we’ll see if that pans out. These five are probably the worst offenders. I don’t really want to do any more than this, b/c changing one NPC involves editing all files their model appears in. For Bailey and Udina that means several files each. The more I do, the more room for compatibility issues with other mods. I’ll look into using .mod files, but they aren’t the best method for the long term since they can break with new revs of ME3Exp. I like to know the mods I create won’t lose functionality when I’m no longer around :]

Btw, in the image of Kelly above, please try to ignore all the shadows on her face. It’s not possible to get a good straight-on close up for Kelly during conversations – only through flycam which is very susceptible to bad lighting, lol.


THANEMOD

ThaneMOD is currently being reorganized into multiple DLC mods. This is to assist with the “install and forget” method I hope to have in place for v3.0 and to ensure compatibility with BackOff. Some new EWAC content is in the pipeline. And, Kinkojiro and I have also been working together on a couple of very fun Easter Eggs for TMv3.0.

Most work on ThaneMOD – namely the romance scene and Huerta revamp – will pick up once the beta for BackOff is released in a month or two. The good news is that Liara forced me to learn yet even more about dialogue editing, and I’m finally in the place I need to be in, techncially, to do them justice. Working on Jacob was a big step, but Liara was even bigger. Expect Thane-related posts to pick up in July and August.

Back in a few with Liara’s BackOff highlights.

all u pretty men stay off tumblr and let us #uglyboyz2k15 thrive

u monopolizing the selfie game by posting on all social media sites smh

Whatever Happened to Antitrust?

Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling weakness of modern antitrust. 

The banks had engaged in the biggest price-fixing conspiracy in modern history. Their self-described “cartel” used an exclusive electronic chat room and coded language to manipulate the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency exchange market. It was a “brazen display of collusion” that went on for years, said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

But there will be no trial, no executive will go to jail, the banks can continue to gamble in the same currency markets, and the fines – although large – are a fraction of the banks’ potential gains and will be treated by the banks as costs of doing business.

America used to have antitrust laws that permanently stopped corporations from monopolizing markets, and often broke up the biggest culprits. 

No longer. Now, giant corporations are taking over the economy – and they’re busily weakening antitrust enforcement. 

The result has been higher prices for the many, and higher profits for the few. It’s a hidden upward redistribution from the majority of Americans to corporate executives and wealthy shareholders. 

Wall Street’s five largest banks now account for 44 percent of America’s banking assets – up from about 25 percent before the crash of 2008 and 10 percent in 1990. That means higher fees and interest rates on loans, as well as a greater risk of another “too-big-to-fail” bailout.

But politicians don’t dare bust them up because Wall Street pays part of their campaign expenses. 

Similar upward distributions are occurring elsewhere in the economy. 

Americans spend far more on medications per person than do citizens in any other developed country, even though the typical American takes fewer prescription drugs. A big reason is the power of pharmaceutical companies to keep their patents going way beyond the twenty years they’re supposed to run.

Drug companies pay the makers of generic drugs to delay cheaper versions. Such “pay-for-delay” agreements are illegal in other advanced economies, but antitrust enforcement hasn’t laid a finger on them in America. They cost you and me an estimated $3.5 billion a year.

Or consider health insurance. Decades ago health insurers wangled from Congress an exemption to the antitrust laws that allowed them to fix prices, allocate markets, and collude over the terms of coverage, on the assumption they’d be regulated by state insurance commissioners.

But America’s giant insurers outgrew state regulation. Consolidating into a few large national firms and operating across many different states, they’ve gained considerable economic and political power. 

Why does the United States have the highest broadband prices among advanced nations and the slowest speeds?

Because more than 80 percent of Americans have no choice but to rely on their local cable company for high capacity wired data connections to the Internet – usually Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, or Time-Warner. And these corporations are among the most politically potent in America (although, thankfully, not powerful enough to grease the merger of Comcast with Time-Warner). 

Have you wondered why your airline ticket prices have remained so high even though the cost of jet fuel has plummeted 40 percent?

Because U.S. airlines have consolidated into a handful of giant carriers that divide up routes and collude on fares. In 2005 the U.S. had nine major airlines. Now we have just four. And all are politically well-connected. 

Why does food cost so much? Because the four largest food companies control 82 percent of beef packing, 85 percent of soybean processing, 63 percent of pork packing, and 53 percent of chicken processing. 

Monsanto alone owns the key genetic traits to more than 90 percent of the soybeans planted by farmers in the United States, and 80 percent of the corn. 

Big Agribusiness wants to keep it this way. 

Google’s search engine is so dominant “google” has become a verb. Three years ago the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommended suing Google for “conduct [that] has resulted – and will result – in real harm to consumers and to innovation.” 

The commissioners decided against the lawsuit, perhaps because Google is also the biggest lobbyist in Washington.

The list goes on, industry after industry, across the economy.

Antitrust has been ambushed by the giant companies it was designed to contain.

Congress has squeezed the budgets of the antitrust division of the Justice Department and the bureau of competition of the Federal Trade Commission. Politically-powerful interests have squelched major investigations and lawsuits. Right-wing judges have stopped or shrunk the few cases that get through. 

We’re now in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. But unlike then, today’s biggest corporations have enough political clout to neuter antitrust. 

Conservatives rhapsodize about the “free market” and condemn government intrusion. Yet the market is rigged. And unless government unrigs it through bold antitrust action to restore competition, the upward distributions hidden inside the “free market” will become even larger.

WiMax, Wi-Fi and 3G will stand like the legs of a tripod There is not one to win finally

The foreign media reports, the organization In-Stat of research pointed out a few days ago, WiMax, Wi-Fi and three kinds of wireless broadband technology of 3G would coexist for a long time, no single technology can corner the market.

According to British media, In-Stat claims: “Each technology has one’s own advantage and inferior position, so these three items of technology will coexist for a long time, vie each other. ”

Wi-Fi is regarded as “ The focus ” ,Mainly the extensive arrangement of developed country, such as U.S.A. and Europe. As the wide area Mesh system, are mainly adopted by local governments and schools.

And WiMax is mainly wireless and moving and inserting the solution to dispose as being fixed, take shape and compete with 3G. In some super developed countries, WiMax application in the mobile field is even more important. (have a match and guide the network)

Gravitational Waves From Bubble Universe Collisions?

By Kate Becker

In the beginning was the bubble: Inflating, in a fraction of a second, from a grain smaller than an atom to a mini-verse the size of a softball. The seeds of all the elaborate particulars of today’s universe, from the vast cosmic web that links galaxy clusters all the way down to the motes of cosmic dust drifting past Earth, were wound up in tiny quantum fluctuations in that original bubble, just waiting for time, and gravity, to uncoil them.

That’s the story of inflation, and it’s the prevailing narrative for how our universe came to be. It has a lot going for it: It explains why the universe has such a uniform temperature, why spacetime appears to be flat, and why physicists can’t find any magnetic monopoles. In the last decade, inflation’s predictions have lined up neatly with observations from telescopes like Planck and WMAP, which have mapped miniscule deviations in cosmic microwave background radiation, an electromagnetic “echo” from near the time of the Big Bang. Though inflation has its critics, it remains the leading theory of how our universe came to be.

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Those born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp are eternally young. They are energetic, prolific and once they find something that really appeals to them, they do it quite a bit.
They are also versatile. This versatility may cause them to wear themselves out because they try to do too much too frequently. They need to learn to limit themselves to create a balance.
Taurus-Gemini is a born communicator. They love active conversations on just about any topic you can imagine. They do have to be careful not to monopolize the conversation. It is all too easy for them to do.
They may be conflicted about certain things due to their nature. While they want to be earthy and stable, they are drawn to towards more unstable, frenetic behavior. They may not be sensitive to the feelings of others. While they can spend hours debating over their own emotional matters, they may appear rather unsympathetic or detached. They are prone to burning out, both physically and mentally. If they can learn self-discipline, they will be more successful.
Taurus-Gemini needs to keep track of their activity level with great care. They need to learn consistency when rejecting ideas or people. They need to learn how to gentle their approach. Confronting their own insecurities will help them grow. Resting is a good thing from time to time.
Taurus-Gemini can focus too much on money and possessions. They are usually gentle, dependable and tolerant of those around them. At the same time, they can be high strung and scattered. They are entertaining and make loyal friends who are fun to be around. They like to spend time eating good food and enjoying a rousing conversation.
Their strengths are their stability, intellectual and conversational skills and their perseverance. They are good at analyzing challenging ideas and have the ability to communicate those ideas to others. If they can learn to add the variety of Gemini to the dedication of Taurus, they can be very successful.
Broadminded and hardworking, Taurus-Gemini is also expressive, energetic, charming, intelligent, adaptable, shy, practical, mature, gentle, quiet, stable, restless, blunt, scattered, nervous, over-indulgent and changeable. They don’t call this the Cusp of Energy for nothing.
Individuals born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp are independent and proud. They are very talented, especially when they learn how to get their inclinations to work together. If they get unhappy, they tend to get lethargic and apathetic. Learning to forgive is a blessing in their life. They may have interests in art, music, travel or social activities. They attract many friends, though they should be cautious they don’t over-commit themselves to too many relationships. They are generous people, who enjoy delving into many things.

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“The best and most extraordinary artists will be those who every hour snatch the tatters of their bodies out of the frenzied cataract of life, who, with bleeding hands, and hearts, hold fast to the intelligence of their time.”
- Richard Huelsenbeck

Cate Blanchett’s 12 different characters from Manifesto - Monopol Magazine (May 2015 Issue)

onliafaze asked:

I'm just asking again to make sure it got through: GoM, Imayoshi, and Takao react their s/o's best friend coming over to the two of them after school, declare "I'm kidnapping ____ for the weekend", and proceeds to carry them away.

I’m glad you did, this ask is adorable!! <3 I’ll be honest, I literally stopped eating so that I could answer this because I had each scenario in my head. I’m sorry that Kuroko’s is so short, but I hope you like them!

Akashi Seijuro would let you leave with your friend (He’s tracking you after all) but would expect you to message him often. When you get back he’ll definitely monopolize you for the rest of the week, where you wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without him. He wouldn’t allow anyone to interrupt your time together, and it wouldn’t be strange if you only saw your best friend in passing for a while. He’d also monopolize the rest of your weekends for the month with pre-planned trips, intent on making sure the next time you were “kidnapped" you would think of him. 

Aomine Daiki would loudly protest at first “Oii!” But there was nothing he could really do about it. If you didn’t contact him at least once in a while during that time, he’d be sulking by the time you got back. Wakamatsu and Sakurai would also come to you in tears, begging you not to do whatever you did again. Apparently Aomine was even more unbearable then normal. He’d also hold a grudge against your best friend, and you would have to skip school for the day to cuddle with him on the roof in order to get him to stop sulking.

Imayoshi Shouichi would definitely be amused that your best friend had managed to surprise him and take you away, but he wouldn’t mind too much. Mainly because he would find out where you were going, and would bring the basketball team his friends with him to “coincidently” bump into you. He would let you spend time with your best friend, but he’d make sure that you missed him. In the end you would be the one to seek him out, all according to plan. After all, there’s just so much time he can spend away from what’s his.

Kise Ryouta would be extremely whiny and upset that your best friend took away, what he already considered to be insufficient time the two of you had with each other. He would try to contact you frequently, and send you tons of pictures of things he wished he could show you in person. If you didn’t respond he’d get even more upset, but by the time you get back he’d be smothering you in affection to “make up for lost time”. He wouldn’t even bother to listen to you explain that your phone had died and you didn’t have your charger.

Kuroko Tetsuya would be the one that minds the least at first. He understands how important time with your friends can be, and would go about his normal routine. Even when you get back it seems like he’s unaffected. The only indication otherwise would be a surge in affection from him, which would range from cheek kisses to a possessive hold on your waist.

Midorima Shintaro would seem unaffected, and much like Kuroko he would continue his normal routine. However, the people that spend time with him Takao would notice that he is constantly checking his phone as if he’s expecting something. If you didn’t message him he’d be extremely sulky by the time you got back, and could only be soothed by his lucky item lots of affection. You would definitely have to stick to him like glue and literally wipe the frown off his face.

Murasakibara Atsushi would be extremely upset and would chase your best friend to try and get you back, no one takes his __-chin from him. He’d have to give up though when the two of you reached a taxi, and he could only watch as you apologetically waved good bye. He’d be in an extremely foul mood and even Himuro’s bribes of special candy don’t help. It’s only when he receives your text about all the limited edition snacks you were bringing back for him (it’s all you were looking for knowing he was upset) would he be slightly soothed. More so because you were thinking about him, but the snacks also helped. When you get back your best friend won’t be able to come near you, because every time they showed up he’d carry you away, worried they’d kidnap you again.

Takao Kazunari would act very dramatic at you leaving him, causing you to clutch your stomach in laughter as you leave. He’d stop once you were out of sight and go bother spend time with Midorima. Unlike the others he wouldn’t wait for you to contact him, he’d be the one constantly bombarding you with things that reminded him of you or interesting things that he finds. If you didn’t respond to his messages, he tease you when you get back. “Oh, now you remember that you have a boyfriend?” But after bribing him with kisses and promises of lots of dates he’d let it go.

Update: Pot lawsuit targets Colorado businessman’s Illinois expansion

CHICAGO (Cannabist) — A colorful Denver businessman and city council candidate schemed to monopolize the new medical marijuana industry in Illinois, according to a lawsuit that has joined a parade of legal challenges from competing marijuana business applicants in the state.

Medponics Illinois filed the lawsuit Monday in Lake County. It claims Kayvan Khalatbari(KAY’-vohn Kahl-aht-BAR’-ee) and his Denver companies have controlling interests in more than three Illinois cultivation centers.

If true, that would violate Illinois regulations. But some industry insiders say Khalatbari has played by the rules and, while he’s an owner in one Illinois company, he’s merely a contract consultant for another — a much lower level of involvement.

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Microsoft rejects or gets into and monopolizes the dispute again black

If you the intersection of speciality edition and pirate user, Windows XP of Microsoft, computer of you know, “ reject while being wicked ” right away every other hour probably today then Once, this is “ reminded with good intention ” from Microsoft’s anti-pirate action .

But Microsoft this piece remind, while indicating to be determined to attack the pirate, aggravate it copy endure “ monopolizes ” that query to the fullest extent already Its name.

Office includes in proving for the first time

From today, Microsoft launches the value-added plan of the new round of legal copy, this plan including Windows legal appreciation plans the notice (“ WGA notice ” )And Office legal appreciation plans the notice (“ OGA notice ” ).

According to this plan, if Windows XP users have not proved, the desk-top background will turn into pure black after users get up to enter in starting up through WGA, though users can reset the background, will reject black once again every other hour; Users will cut off the communication frame while logging on, a communication frame notified permanently and reminded continuously appears in the screen right lower side, reveal “ you may be a victim of the software pirate ”

This is that Microsoft includes Office in the legal copy to verify in the plan for the first time, shown as Office users in the first to 14 days after proving that fails, will receive relevantly and remind. Prove that will be added the visual mark in Word of Office software, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook menu column after failing for 30 days.

Skill that has already been analysed and explained now on net

“Introducing WGA and OGA is legal copies for helping users to screen Microsoft XP system and Office software that install in the computer, help those to install and use the users of the pirate software to avoid encroaching on in ignorant cases. ” Microsoft the intersection of Chinese and the intersection of customer end and products commercial forest, director of market, clever to realize, claim.

However, “ well-meaning warning ” as to Microsoft ,Consumers seem not to buy it.

Since Microsoft is from releasing the new round of legal appreciation of it to plan the notice on the 15th, more than half consumers have taken a stand, can’t understand the method of Microsoft and show repugnantly. Meanwhile, numerous net friends send the card one after another, “ teach ” Reply “ reject black ” Way to analyse and explain.

Or strengthen and monopolize the crisis

The most severe in this history of Microsoft “ The anti-pirate ” The measure, except causing numerous consumers’ dissatisfaction, analysts think too, Microsoft will initiate its monopoly crisis in China this time or.

Gather together the intellectual property right lawyer of lawyer’s office to visit the cloud front yard to show in Shanghai, what Microsoft planned to implement recently proves the regular black measure that rejects to the pirate software, Microsoft can revise the computer that installs pirate software to set up through automatic updating, obviously, just possess and abuse the ascendancy of market through the pirate software, for example change the operating system to set up, ability to attack rival’s software.

Visit the cloud front yard to show, according to these situations, the computer that installs pirate software should be charged to the market share of Microsoft too.

It is reported Beijing the intersection of Bank of China and the intersection of lawyer’s office and Dong big lawyer investigate the application about anti-momopoly of Microsoft, pass on Department of Commerce national development and reform committee, deal with already August, development and reform committee price supervise department take place already inform by letter accept formally.

The attcking/defending history of Microsoft’s anti-pirate is recorded

1995, Microsoft introduce sequence number in Windows series software for the first time, hereafter until 2001, Windows 95/98 / Me, Windows 2000 follows measure of this anti-pirate.

From the year 2001 till now, put out Windows products and activate the mechanism in Windows XP, it requires you to input one and early edition and are made up of 25 characters the samely.

In 2004 - 2006, Windows legal appreciation tried the plan.

2007, Windows Vista: WGA assembly and products are activated and regarded as Windows software protection platform integration in Windows Vista. Will lose some characteristics through verifying, will return to and “ simplify the functional mode ” finally if unable ,Most Windows characteristics will totally bring to rest at this moment.

On August 15, 2008, beautify the author of the revised edition Windows XP, tomato garden of software download websites (tomatolei.com) in the tomato garden Head Hong Lei is detained for criminal act by the police in Suzhou.

On October 20, 2008, the value-added plan of the new round of legal copy, is mainly shown as “ rejects black ” .

my-kurotan replied to your post: anonymous asked:I can understand …

I think the most important thing here is that, okay, we clearly get that they weren’t having a sexual relationship…yet. Come on, guys: Hannibal was planning to keep Will as a partner, solely for himself. He would try to go ALL the way, if allowed.

nah, come on. sure, he constantly eye-fucks will, calls him beautiful, draws him naked in bed, and wants to monopolize him entirely, but he’d be TOTALLY cool with having will screw other people! after all, his connection with will is spiritual and PLATONIC and thus requires no sexual outlet. or, if hannibal’s jealousy couldn’t handle will having sex on the side, they’d both just masturbate in their respective separate bedrooms for the rest of their lives - all to avoid polluting their perfect love story of intimacy and connection with sex. /s

Please stop inboxing me with that non-sense about how “I’m not cocky like other light skinned guys” or that you normally fuck with “dark skinned” guys and how I am a physical and mental exception for the “monopolizing light skinned majority”. You want some fuckin’ cake? A few of ya’ll pro black poc tribalist and diversity contrarians blow me because eventually ya’ll end up doin’ the same shit ya’ll cry about in the opposing spectrum. Lol the fuckin’ irony is amazing.

I really don’t care that I passed your low key colorist inspection.